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Midland Family Hosts Annual Unforgettable Halloween Adventure

By Alicia Neaves
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - While many spend weeks, even months getting their Halloween costumes ready, one Midland family has dedicated that effort to decorating their home.

Their Halloween masterpiece is unlike anything you've seen before.

If you're lucky enough to stumble upon this Halloween masterpiece trick-or-treating, you'll get the chance to meet a family who's made Halloween decorating a tradition for 25 years.

"This is where her heart is, just opening her home for everybody to enjoy the pumpkins, the candy and the treats. She just loves it," Chris Robledo, Daughter of the "Halloween Mastermind," said.

"Halloween started with one little character and that was the head of Mama Bates over there. She dressed her up and put her out by the door for Halloween. That was about 24, 25 years ago," Larry Hall, Husband of the "Halloween Mastermind," said.

It's not just outside, thousands of trick-or-treaters will go on a free Halloween adventure.

"Everything has its space, just like a puzzle. Literally everything fits back every year exactly the same as it did the year before," Robledo said.

There's a pirate ship in the cul-de-sac and the front yard is decked out with pumpkins, skeletons and some familiar Halloween scenes.

Inside you'll find mad scientists, fortune tellers, a coffin filled with toys, even a table covered in snacks for visitors.

The yellow brick road leads you to the grand finale outside, where Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion await.

"She makes sure that nothing jumps out so the kids don't get scared and they don't get hurt. We have the bubble blower that's got the fog juice in it and its all hypo-allergenic, for asthmatics. nothing flashes so there's no epileptic seizures," Robledo said.

Each family member has a specific duty on Halloween. Whether its making sure there's enough toys and food or passing out tickets to those waiting in line.

"[My daughter is] the cobweb person. Nobody can do the cobwebs like her and she thinks like a spider, she says," Hall said.

The Halloween mastermind greets each child who walks in, making sure she doesn't miss anyone who steps through the door.

"She's special. I married in way over my head. She is one of the most caring people I've ever known. She thinks of everybody but herself," Hall said of his wife.

The family says this extravaganza will continue until they physically can't anymore.

The home can be found near Midland College if you're trick-or-treating in that area. This year, they are collecting cans to donate to the West Texas Food Bank.
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